Every year the World Press Photo exhibit is an obligatory date for me. This event is always worth to follow and take a closer look at. The “World Press Photo Awards” are a renowned photo competition. The winning picture, the “World Press Photo of the Year”, will be awarded a sum of 10,000 Euros. A jury gives awards in several categories (Spot News, General News, People in the News, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Arts and Entertainment, Nature).
The World Press Photo Foundation was founded in the Netherlands in 1955. It is an independent non-profit organization whose present patron is Prince Constantijn of Orange-Nassau.
This year’s winning photo was taken by Ronaldo Schemidt, who photographs a young man put on fire in a violent clash during a protest against President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. On the World Press Photo website you even take a look behind the scenes of such incredible snapshots. This particular photo, for instance, was taken with 24mm, an ISO value of 400, a shutter speed of 1/800 and a 7.2 aperture.
“Lagos Waterfronts under Threat” by Jesco Denzel got the first prize in the category Contemporary Issues. The photo was taken with 35mm and an ISO value of 125. The aperture was 4.5 and the shutter speed 1/200.
With his photo “Waiting for Freedom” Neil Aldridge was awarded in the category Environment. His photo shows a blindfolded rhino waiting to be released back into the wilds of nature. This stunning picture was taken with 16mm, ISO 500, 1/100 shutter speed and an aperture of 8.
If you’re as interested in the technical details behind the photos as I am, I recommend taking a look at the website. There you can get more information about the winning images.